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Brooklyn Rider

  • String Quartet

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Brooklyn Rider discography / recordings

Komitas Vartabed (arr. S.Aslamazian) 1. Vagharshabadi Dance - $0.99 Listen to Sample 2. Harvest Song - $0.99 Listen to Sample 3. It's Cloudy $0.99 Listen to Sample 4. Festive Song - $0.99 Listen to Sample 5. The Partridge - $0.99 Listen to Sample Colin Jacobsen 6. Brooklesca - $2.99 Listen to Sample Cafe Tacuba (arr. Osvaldo Golijov) 7. La Muerte Chiquita - $1.99 Listen to Sample Ljova 8. Plume - $1.99 Listen to Sample 9. Crosstown - $1.99 Listen to Sample Dear Friends, We are happy to announce the official release of our debut album- "Passport"! The album is self-produced by the four of us, and is released on a label Johnny started just a few months ago - "In a Circle Records". We feel a great sense of ownership with this project, and we are very excited to share this album with all of you. "Passport" begins with a set of Armenian Folk Songs that were collected by one of the most revered figures in Armenian cultural history, Komitas Vardapet. An ethnomusicologist and an Orthodox priest, Komitas is largely responsible for preserving Armenian Folk music. The beautiful arrangements for string quartet were made by Sergey Aslamazian. "Brooklesca" was written by our in-house composer, violinist Colin Jacobsen. It is inspired by our collective experiences as members of YoYo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, which have included extensive exploration and performing of Gypsy and Persian music. "La Muerte Chiquita" is a song made famous by a Mexican rock group, Cafe Tacuba. Here is a version for string quartet in a gorgeous arrangement by Osvaldo Golijov. "Plume" & "Crosstown" were written by Ljova- a great young composer/arranger, who has recently collaborated with Osvaldo Golijov on the score for Francis Ford Coppola's latest film, "Youth without Youth". These are soulful, bluesy tunes that evoke cinematic moments in the style of Pedro Almodovar. We hope you have as much fun listening to this album as we did recording it! Thank you for your continuing support. Colin, Eric, Johnny and Nick a.k.a. Brooklyn Rider Reviews Learning Musician Brooklyn Rider, Passport By Shulamit Kleinerman "From the ensemble's name, you'd never know they're a classical string quartet. It's all part of the boundary-defying venture of these four innovative young players, who in addition to maintaining a claim on the mainstream classical repertoire have worked together on cross-cultural, cross-genre projects such as Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble. They're hip in a geeky Brooklyn way (suspenders, facial hair). They're passionate and knowledgeable about art: their ensemble's name makes reference to the Blue Rider group in expressionist painting nearly a century ago. They do shows in clubs, galleries, and the occasional Buddhist temple. Everyone but the cellist plays standing up, and when the music calls for it, they dig into their instruments with the exuberance of racehorses let out of the barn. The quartet's repertoire runs to new music with world-music flavors. Passport opens with an arrangement of five Armenian folk songs. One is broad and muscular, Copland for the South Caucasus; another is an elusive old-world sing-song. The thirteen-minute album centerpiece, second violinist Colin Jacobsen's "Brooklesca," begins with one of the most exhilarating half-minutes of chamber music I've heard. A touch of percussion sharpens the groove that's already there. The highlight of Passport is its last two tracks, by composer and fellow adventurous string player Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin. On "Crosstown," the upper strings ride a slinky plucked cello ostinato into a landscape of almost embarrassingly rich harmonies, vista after vista unfolding. The string quartet is traveling well in the 21st century, and you don't even need a classical-music passport to rock out with this one."